Mullery legislation to help ease burden on club licensees

(Jan 26, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today introduced legislation that would help ease the reporting and fundraising burdens on club licensees under the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act. Currently, state law requires clubs with proceeds exceeding $20,000 in a year to submit annual reports. These reports provide information on proceeds from each game of chance and the amount of prizes awarded, itemized weekly. Mullery said his legislation would change that requirement from weekly to quarterly. "House Bill 1807 does not change the information provided to the state -- it simply eases the reporting timeline," Mullery said. "Filling out this necessary paperwork would not be as burdensome for our veteran and fraternal organizations and other nonprofit clubs." Mullery's bill also would increase the fundraising limit from $40,000 annually to $60,000 annually, allowing clubs to satisfy their charitable mission. Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more

 

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more

 

Mullery Honors Fallen Corrections Officer

(Nov 02, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Gerald Mullery participated in a ceremony naming the bridge on S.R. 3005 over the outlet of Lily Lake in Conyngham Township the Senior Officer Eric J. Williams Memorial Bridge. Read more

 

Mullery's antlerless hunting license issuance bill reported out of committee

(Oct 20, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 20 – A bill introduced by state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, that would update the current antlerless hunting licensing system was approved by the House Game and Fisheries Committee today. Currently, the Pennsylvania Game Commission determines the number of antlerless licenses to be allocated, but county treasurers distribute the permits. To apply for a doe license, Pennsylvania hunters must fill out a form, write a check and drop an envelope in the mail. They can mail the form and check to any treasurer's office in the state; however, most hunters send it to their home county. Mullery's bill would give the Game Commission the responsibility to distribute antlerless deer hunting licenses. He said it's a way to improve an outdated, inconvenient and sometimes ineffective system. "Hunting and fishing licenses are available online, and Pennsylvanians should be able to obtain an antlerless license the same way," said Mullery, a member of the House Game and Fisheries Committee. "It's time to modernize this antiquated system." Mullery said the current system led to Luzerne County hunters being shut out of a doe license last year when the treasurer's office, citing staff cuts, failed to process applications on time. "A modern system run by the Game Commission would have prevented that inexcusable mistake," Mullery said. Mullery's bill is supported by the Game Commission and the Read more

 

Mullery supports legislation for additional property tax relief, pledges to work for a comprehensive plan

(Oct 07, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 7 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery today released the following statement regarding his vote on legislation offered to help raise revenue for additional property tax relief: “Today I cast a vote for an amendment that would bring us closer to property tax elimination. I am proud to say that the amendment I supported would eliminate school property taxes for more than 330,000 Pennsylvanians and significantly reduce school property taxes for an additional 240,000. “This legislation offered a victory for Pennsylvania’s senior citizens, disabled and veterans. We no longer would have to worry about a World War II veteran losing his home due to his inability to pay property taxes. “Although this legislation was defeated, I remain committed to working with Governor Tom Wolf and leaders of both parties on a more comprehensive plan for property tax relief for all. Harrisburg has begun to realize that Pennsylvania homeowners need meaningful property tax relief.” Read more

 

Mullery: Contract awarded for mine reclamation project that will reduce flooding in Newport Township

(Sep 22, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 22 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources has awarded a $987,967 contract for a mine reclamation project in Newport Township. As part of the project, the contractor will restore the original bed of a branch of Reservoir Creek on the south side of West Kirmar Avenue. This will reduce the possibility of flooding impacting homes and businesses in the neighborhood, reduce the chance of flooding damaging a nearby bridge and help keep West Kirmar Avenue open during heavy rains. “This projects has many benefits for Newport Township,” Mullery said. “State Senator John Yudichak and I were pleased to work together to help secure funding for it.” DEP said work is scheduled, which will be performed by Brdaric Excavating of Luzerne, to begin on Oct. 3 and be completed by Sept. 7 next year. The Abandoned Mine Reclamation Trust Fund, which receives money from a fee paid for each ton of coal mined, will finance the project. Read more

 

Mullery: Bliss Bank cleanup has many benefits

(Sep 09, 2015)

NANTICOKE, Sept. 9 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery congratulated the Earth Conservancy for receiving a $400,000 federal grant to continue reclamation work at a site in Nanticoke and Hanover and Newport townships that was used to store mine waste. Mullery joined a news conference Wednesday at the site where the Earth Conservancy announced it received the grant from EPA’s Brownfields Cleanup Program. “This is a great day for the Nanticoke area,” said Mullery, D-Newport Township. “The future looks even better because this grant will help clean up an environmental eyesore, and, I hope, eventually create more economic opportunities in our area.” The site, known as the Bliss Bank, contains huge piles of culm and has empty pits. Mullery said the project will reduce acid mine drainage from the site into the Nanticoke Creek Watershed and the Susquehanna River. In addition, he said the cleanup will reduce both the illegal dumping and trespassing at the site. “The environmental benefits of the cleanup are important, but it will also have an economic benefit,” Mullery added. “Cleaning up this land potentially allows this property to be used for mixed use development that could someday support economic initiatives.” Mullery also noted that a recent EPA study found that residential property values increased by 5.1 percent to 12.8 percent once a nearby brownfield was cleaned. Read more

 

Legislation naming bridge after fallen corrections officer becomes law

(Jul 13, 2015)

HARRISBURG, July 13 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery’s legislation to name a bridge after a federal corrections officer from Luzerne County who was killed in the line of duty is now law. Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed a bill (H.B. 501) that included Mullery’s legislation to name the bridge on S.R. 3005 over the outlet of Lily Lake in Conyngham Township the Senior Officer Eric J. Williams Memorial Bridge. A corrections officer at the U.S. Penitentiary, Canaan, Williams was killed during an unprovoked attack by an inmate in February 2013. He was 34 years old. “Eric made the ultimate sacrifice while helping to keep us safe, and I’m pleased that we are honoring his memory,” said Mullery, D-Newport Township. “Naming this bridge after him is certainly a fitting tribute.” Williams was an avid outdoorsman, and he enjoyed spending time at a cottage he owned on Lilly Lake. He was a native of Nanticoke. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will be responsible for erecting two signs at the bridge. The law will take effect 60 days after the governor signed it. Read more

 

Mullery announces more than $2 million in grants for legislative district

(Jul 08, 2015)

NANTICOKE, July 8 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery announced more than $2 million in grants that will help local government and organizations in his legislative district with redevelopment, infrastructure and education projects. The Local Share Account grants were approved at a meeting today of the Commonwealth Financing Authority. LSA funds, which are generated by gaming revenue, are used for economic development, community development and public interest projects. “These are certainly worthwhile projects, and I’m pleased the state will provide financial support to help further them,” said Mullery, whose 119 th Legislative District covers a large swath of Luzerne County. Nanticoke received $317,045 to acquire and demolish as many as 26 blighted properties downtown and allow for new development. “This is a big step toward the future,” said Nanticoke Mayor Rich Wiaterowski. Hazle Township received $500,000 to repair a quarter-mile section of Community Park Road. Township Supervisor Jim Montone said a portion of the road had washed out because it lacked drainage. “We have to get this road fixed,” Montone said. The township eventually plans to finish the road and provide a link between Routes 93 and 309, two major highways in the Hazleton area. Freeland received $325,000 to advance plans to increase the availability of water to customers of the Freeland Borough Municipal Authority. “This grant Read more

 

GOP-crafted budget fails education and homeowners

(Jun 30, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery said he opposed the budget bill poised to be sent to Gov. Tom Wolf because it lacks a severance tax on natural gas drilling, which would provide funding to schools still struggling from deep cuts former Gov. Tom Corbett made five years ago. Mullery, D-Newport Township, also said he’s disappointed the budget failed to address rising property taxes -- a top concern of his constituents. “It does very little to undo Corbett’s education cuts that caused school districts to increase class sizes, reduce course offerings and, in many cases, raise property taxes,” Mullery said. “It also fails to offer relief to homeowners struggling with property tax bills.” Mullery noted that Pennsylvania is the only state with significant natural gas production that does not levy a severance tax. He said a severance tax, in line with what other states have on their books, would help schools throughout Luzerne County. Mullery said the five school districts in the 119 th Legislative District have told the Pennsylvania Department of Education they would put restored funding to good use. “A severance tax would allow the Greater Nanticoke Area School District to offer high-quality early childhood education programs, provide college and career counseling, and make several other improvements.” Mullery said. “The Hazleton Area School District would reduce elementary school class sizes Read more

 

Senate Transportation Committee approves bill to name bridge in memory of fallen federal corrections officer

(Jun 16, 2015)

The state Senate’s Transportation Committee on Tuesday voted out state Rep. Gerald Mullery’s bill that would name a bridge in Conyngham Township in honor of a local federal corrections officer killed in the line of duty. Read more

 

Bill that includes ban on vaping products in schools passes state House

(Jun 15, 2015)

A bill that includes state Rep. Gerald Mullery’s legislation to ban nicotine products from school grounds, including increasingly popular "vaping" products and electronic cigarettes, passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today. Read more

 

Fees waived for volunteers seeking background checks

(Jun 10, 2015)

Gov. Tom Wolf has heard concerns I and others raised about the financial burdens placed on our volunteers by a state law enacted last year, and will waive fees for mandated clearances and background checks provided by state agencies. Read more

 

Public Safety Training Institute wins Liquor Control Board grant

(Jun 08, 2015)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery announced that Luzerne County Community College’s Public Safety Training Institute will receive a $39,991 grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Read more

 

Bill to ban nicotine products in Pa. schools advances

(Jun 03, 2015)

Bill to ban nicotine products in Pa. schools advances State Rep. Gerald Mullery’s bill to expand the types of tobacco- and nicotine-based products banned from Pennsylvania schools was unanimously voted out of the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday. Under House Bill 1189, e-cigarettes, cigars, snuff, chewing tobacco and other nicotine products would be banned from schools. Cigarette smoking is already prohibited on school grounds. Read more

 

Mullery bill would protect workers from hidden fees in debit payroll cards

(Jun 01, 2015)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery has introduced legislation (H.B. 1274) that would ensure employees who are paid with a debit card have access to the full amount of their wages and no-cost access to their accounts. Read more

 

West Hazleton receives state grant to continue receiving financial guidance

(May 12, 2015)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery announced that West Hazleton has received a $35,000 state grant to help the borough, which exited the state’s program for financially distressed communities last year, obtain guidance to prepare its budget and to maintain financial stability. Read more

 

Mullery introduces bill to ban use of tobacco- and nicotine-based products in Pa. schools

(May 11, 2015)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery introduced a bill today that would prohibit the use of both tobacco- and nicotine-based products in all Pennsylvania schools Read more

 

I voted to reduce the size of the Pa. legislature

(May 06, 2015)

This week, I voted for legislation that would reduce the size of the Pennsylvania General Assembly from 253 members to 188 members. One bill would reduce the size of the state House from 203 members to 151 members. Another bill would reduce the size of the state Senate from 50 members to 37 members. Read more

 

Mullery legislation to help ease burden on club licensees
Jan 26, 2016

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property
Jan 01, 2016

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions
Dec 30, 2015

Mullery Honors Fallen Corrections Officer
Nov 02, 2015

Mullery's antlerless hunting license issuance bill reported out of committee
Oct 20, 2015

Mullery supports legislation for additional property tax relief, pledges to work for a comprehensive plan
Oct 07, 2015

Mullery: Contract awarded for mine reclamation project that will reduce flooding in Newport Township
Sep 22, 2015

Mullery: Bliss Bank cleanup has many benefits
Sep 09, 2015

Legislation naming bridge after fallen corrections officer becomes law
Jul 13, 2015

Mullery announces more than $2 million in grants for legislative district
Jul 08, 2015

GOP-crafted budget fails education and homeowners
Jun 30, 2015

Senate Transportation Committee approves bill to name bridge in memory of fallen federal corrections officer
Jun 16, 2015

Bill that includes ban on vaping products in schools passes state House
Jun 15, 2015

Fees waived for volunteers seeking background checks
Jun 10, 2015

Public Safety Training Institute wins Liquor Control Board grant
Jun 08, 2015

Bill to ban nicotine products in Pa. schools advances
Jun 03, 2015

Mullery bill would protect workers from hidden fees in debit payroll cards
Jun 01, 2015

West Hazleton receives state grant to continue receiving financial guidance
May 12, 2015

Mullery introduces bill to ban use of tobacco- and nicotine-based products in Pa. schools
May 11, 2015

I voted to reduce the size of the Pa. legislature
May 06, 2015